Sen. Cruz misuses anecdote about University student


Although John Connelly said the Affordable Care Act aids his family, a politician’s false claim that the bill harmed Connelly led MSNBC to air a brief interview Friday with the former Rutgers University Student Assembly president.

The Wall Street Journal featured Connelly, a School Of Arts And Sciences senior, in a recent article detailing the ways student debt contributes to young people’s inability to secure jobs.

U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, R-Texas, used Connelly as an example of a victim of the Affordable Care Act during his marathon speech against the bill.

“The son of a New Jersey auto mechanic, he was the first in his family to go to college when he enrolled in Rutgers in 2009,” Cruz read to the Senate floor on Sept. 24. “Four years later, the 22-year-old found himself $21,000 in debt, without a permanent job and sleeping on friends’ couches in New Jersey and Brooklyn.”

Upon discovering Cruz completely misused his anecdote, Connelly called out the Senator on Twitter, which caught the attention of MSNBC. During his appearance, Connelly explained that he is actually a proponent of the bill.

“If I’m the Obamacare horror story ... then it’s working really freaking well,” he said. “My little sister wouldn’t be able to have health insurance if it wasn’t for the Affordable Care Act because she had a preexisting condition.”

Although Connelly struggled to pay for tuition, he does not blame the Obama administration. He said politicians like Cruz should focus less on theatrics and more on funding the government.


By Alex Meier

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